Edna Cormick, forty-three, is incarcerated in a mental hospital for murdering her husband. For twenty years, Edna escaped the world by devoting herself to the health and welfare of her husband and home, so when she learns he’s been having an affair, her sense of betrayal is devastating and literally maddening. And so she sits, silently filling notebooks, trying to find where and how her life went wrong. Dancing in the Dark is a tightly woven psychological novel, which explores the idea that madness is not necessarily self-destructive, and may lead to a kind of wisdom.
Joan Barfoot is the award-winning author of ten previous novels. Her work has been compared internationally with that of Anne Tyler, Carol Shields, Margaret Drabble, Fay Weldon and Margaret Atwood. She lives in London, Ontario.
“A powerful story of obsession, infidelity and retribution.”
“A mournful but brilliant song ... Barfoot adds a new and chilling dimension to the old Christian truth that it is only through death that there is life.”
“You can hardly bear to put it down.”
–London Free Press
“So fluently and fluidly styled that you often forget you are reading.”